Robot DJ software mixes for you

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by ska invita, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Is there any? That anyone has used?

    Id like to whack a bunch of mp3s into a machine and have them mix them however crudely...even fade in fade out is fine, but id like it to have a go at doing that in time.
  2. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

  3. jontz01

    jontz01 taking refuge in the loft

    Virtual dj used to do that many moons ago. I used to point it at my hard drive, sit back and let it do its thing... many a night spent chilling out with friends laughing as it would mix afrobeat with heavy rock. I found loads of great tracks that I didn't even know I had, had to keep running over to the laptop to see what was playing!
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  4. jontz01

    jontz01 taking refuge in the loft

    It was crude, it was shabby and the sound quality went from shit to worse as the thing struggled to buffer but we've had some amazing nights with and a hercules mk2 controller. Letting friends dip into your collection, it was so user friendly you couldn't go wrong.... You could probably pick one up for a few quid on ebay.
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  5. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    demo of the above software:
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  6. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Traktor has a cruise mode too.
  7. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Dj app can do it on ipad

    Edit to add - it ain't gonna win the world DMC championships anytime soon
  8. pocketscience

    pocketscience Well-Known Member

    Mixmeister does some very impressive automated mixing. Easy to manipulate the EQs, levels, pitch of the mix as well.

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  9. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    this kind of trickery gives real djs a bad image
  10. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    Meh, if you can be replaced by software there's a good chance your job was never that important in the first place.
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  11. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    a robot or software can mix beats/ tunes but as a selector or having the ability to play good tunes or have some degree of taste would be beyond current technology.
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  12. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    I didn't know DJs with taste were a thing.
  13. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    get a clue then
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  14. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

  15. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Downloaded the trial of this and been playing with it for the past hour. Beats the pants off Ableton in terms of simplicity and actually does a really impressive job of the beat matching without having to spend ages 'warping' tracks!

    Very impressed.
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  16. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    You'll be using scab tills next :facepalm:
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  17. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Of course software can DJ, it’s about as basic a musical skill as you can get.
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  18. Don Troooomp

    Don Troooomp Condescension and embedded self importance

  19. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    wouldn't even say beat matching is a musical skill really
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  20. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Patterdale Terrorist

    Of course it is. It's a vital technical skill for manipulating, blending, creating progressions, new on-the-fly edits etc etc

    Decks are a creative instrument used in a musical performance.

    I can't believe you even said that :facepalm:

    Or is it a way of saying you can't do it? :hmm:
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  21. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    yes, i can mix fine, both beat matching and mixing harmonically in key.

    I feel, personally that simple beat matching is more of a science than a musical ability as it can be done by just counting beats where as mixing tunes in key requires some degree of musical ability or an ear for pitch
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  22. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    You don't even need a human to harmonically mix...

    Mixed In Key - Award-winning DJ Software for Harmonic Mixing
  23. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

  24. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    you need to be human to have taste, even if it is bad taste
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  25. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    My Spotify throw up some interesting selections. :hmm:
  26. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    ah the old DJs Dont Do Anything argument...up there with baiting Vegetarians, Mac v PC, and Would you hire a cleaner.

    I've been playing a little game in my head recently of DJ Top Trumps and thinking what would be the categories that any DJ would have that you could score them on a card with. Here are some categories that you could have (too many to fit on a Trumps card)

    DJ Skills
    Beatmatching / Tightness (for those without sync buttons!)
    General Fader Activity (Blending/Chopping/EQ control etc)
    Modern additional buttons (effects/looping/reprogramming/editing on the fly)

    Musical skills
    Set construction (over the length of a set)
    Tune pairing (as in finding two tunes that work over the top of one another)
    Mixing in key

    Dubplate power
    Production (making own tunes and playing them, building a label etc)
    Box Fresh (always being ahead of the curve with new tunes/hunting them out etc)
    Digging (depth of selection and musical knowledge)
    Risk taking (playing tunes others wouldnt dare or think to)
    General Quality of Selection

    Longevity/Hard Work/Years involved
    Enthusiasm/Believing in the music
    Energy (i like to see a dj work it and break a sweat)

    No DJ has all of those, partly because some are for particular genres (turntablism for example), but with all that in mind for me one of the greatest Djs active today is Aba Shanti. Doesnt have the beatmatching or turntablism (not necessary of course), but on all other categories he's right up there. There's a lot of sounds out there, and a lot of competition, yet to my ears he stands a degree above others. Hard to define why that is, but one key reason is Believing In The Music - his enthusiasm and belief permeates all the other categories and message comes across those who have ears to hear it.

    It will be interesting to see what AI and robots can do in terms of music in the future. I expect any instrument will be quite able to be played by robots in the future, and there are already early tests of getting AI to write new music. I think we'll see massive advances in that in the near future.

    But you cant roboticise belief, feeling, expression and communication. Wedding DJs might be out of a job, but real DJs have nothing to fear.
  27. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    You could add "rare tunes" and "trendy-ness" to your DJ top trumps. Not that I agree they should neccesarily be factors, but they are for some people.
    I like how Hunee put it recently (in the context of being there vs listening at home, but whatver):

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  28. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    If i could like a post twice,,,,,,,,,
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  29. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    I’ll give you scratching/turntablism.

    The rest can be reduced to “playing records people like at the time”.

    It isn’t hard. And modern tech just makes it easier than ever.
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  30. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    heard the same about sound engineering these days ;)
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